Principal Permit and Regulatory Analyst
The award-winning San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) is a small state agency located in San Francisco’s Civic Center. BCDC has planning and regulatory responsibility over development in and around the San Francisco Bay, one of the most urbanized estuaries in North America. BCDC is guided in its decisions by its laws (the McAteer-Petris Act and the Suisun Marsh Preservation Act), its San Francisco Bay Plan, and other special area plans. BCDC is offering an exciting opportunity to participate in regulating a variety of development types, including commercial and residential projects, wetland restoration, flood protection, seaport development and other projects.
Who We Want.
You must be solution oriented, flexible, self-driven and have the ability to change course, think big and start small, and thrive in a forward-thinking environment. The ability to interact well and fit into a small, highly motivated, multi-disciplinary team that is working in a rapidly changing regulatory environment is essential. The role offers a rare opportunity to take ownership in the evaluation and analysis of shoreline development projects, so enthusiasm and knowledge of Bay resources is advantageous. This role requires communication with permit applicants, consultants, project stakeholders, other government agencies and, of course, BCDC‘s regulatory and planning teams. We are looking for a person who enjoys working across the table from accomplished, world-renowned builders, designers, engineers and environmentalists on exciting coastal development projects and issues.
Essential Job Functions.The Principal Permit and Regulatory Analyst:
- Handles highly complex and controversial development or policy proposals and may supervise other permit staff working on less complex aspects of BCDC’s regulatory program.
- Assists in overseeing permit related matters, assigns work to other permit staff and assists the permit staff in managing their workload.
- Researches and evaluates projects and policy topics involving a full range of Bay-related issues, such asshoreline development, dredging, habitat restoration, port and airport development, public access, sea level rise and flood protection.
- Evaluates project proposals for conformance with the Commission’s law, policies and regulations, prepares written summaries, provides recommendations, and makes written and oral presentations to the Commission and the public.
- Participates in the organizational planning of the regulatory unit and conduct tasks that result in agency improvements.
Desired Skills and Abilities.
- Knowledge of regulatory processes and techniques.
- Knowledge of administrative, land use and environmental laws and policies. Familiarity with the Commission’s laws and policies is advantageous.
- Ability to analyze information, creatively explore alternative approaches, develop defensible policy positions,and negotiate effectively.
- Familiarity with public access planning, natural resource management, sea level rise adaptation, ecologicalprinciples, urban design, and other disciplines related to coastal resource management. Excellentcommunication skills and the ability to write accurate, complete, and concise reports and correspondence.
- Familiarity with public policy development and the functions and relationships of federal, state, regional, andlocal governments and special districts.
- Advanced degree in environmental or regional planning or law or related field.
- Solid experience working with development permit applications.
- Knowledge of techniques to motivate and organize the work of others.
- Basic principles of personnel management, office methods, technology and procedures.
- Time management and computer skills.